Title: Harry Potter Magical Film Projections: Patronus Charm (J. K. Rowling’s Wizarding World)
Publisher: Walker Books
Genre: Children’s/Fun kit
Description: EXPECTO PATRONUM! Discover the powerful Patronus Charm that Harry Potter and other wizards and witches use to produce a magical guardian. In a dark room, shine a light through the window on each page of this unique book to project incredible scenes on the wall or ceiling. Read along and experience magical moments from the Harry Potter films like never before.
My Review: This is the second Magical Film Projections kit I have with a Harry Potter theme, this time focusing on the Patronus Charm. The book is a hardback A5ish size which opens up with the spine at the top rather than the side. The book pages which are made of thick card are ring bound rather than glued in, which helps you to flip each page over and hold the book almost back-to-back.
The idea of this book which is really a fun kit is that you can have fun projecting images onto your walls while reading some of the text on the page. The book has 6 thick pages of pictures to project, each one focusing on a scene in Harry Potter where the patronus charm is used or shown. What you are supposed to do is to flip this book so the hardback covers are as close together as possible (they won’t fully touch each other though) and then stand the book up in this way. There’s no way for the pages to hold open and I found that the book wouldn’t stand up without me placing it on a rough surface such as a blanket rather than a smooth table top.
Once you’ve put the book into this standing position you are supposed to take one of the pages and stand it up so it sits above the book. There is a clear acetate window on each page with a picture from Harry Potter. The pictures are from the films and as I said all feature the Patronus Charm. Below each picture is a piece of script from the movie, just several lines which you are supposed to have fun reading aloud with friends while looking at the projected image.
To project the image onto the wall you simply take a torch, I used my phone’s torch, and project it onto the acetate, pointing it towards a wall where the picture should appear. You should experiment with how close you are to the acetate with the torch or how close the overall book is to the wall as this can affect the size and some of the sharpness of each image.
Unfortunately I did run into some problems with this kit especially projecting the images. Just like the first Harry Potter film projection kit which featured Creatures, I found it hard to get a real clear image. No matter how close or far the torch and wall were and whatever angle I pointed the torch at, the pictures were always a little fuzzy. It comes from a sort of shadow, like each picture was made of two images overlapping slightly. Although you could still clearly see what the pictures were showing it’s a shame that they came out so blurry and it’s an issue I hoped would have been fixed with this second in the series released book. Standing the book up has it’s own problem too. Without a band to hold the covers together (when stood up) the book kept folding back down flat. I did fix it with a blanket as I said but it’s a shame as even the blanket sometimes didn’t hold the book and I was forced to put objects either side of it to stop it slipping back flat. Apart from that I also found I couldn’t stand up the card pages very well without holding them with one had to that they pointed at the correct angle to the wall.
The back page has a clear acetate window for you to create your own patronus charm, there’s even advice on how to come up with the charm if your mind is blank on what to draw. You can them project this image onto the wall too!
Overall this is a fun kit which I’m sure any Harry Potter fan would love. I’ve given it three stars based on how well the kit works and the fact that I’m not a massive fan of Harry Potter (though I do like it – just not a huge fan). However if this was a projection kit of one of the things I am crazy about then I would probably rate it higher, as any Harry Potter fan probably will!
-Thanks to Walker Books for a free copy.
Note: In the projected photos I’ve tried to show you how the images looks fuzzy, though I projected this down onto a blanket and in slight daylight the fuzziness is the same if done onto a wall or at night. (though in a very dark room the pictures are darker). Both photos of the projection are not fuzzy as a result of my camera but are how the images ended up projected – it was the clearest image I could get!
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